Angels in Mourning: Sublime Madness, Ennui and Melancholy in Modern Thought (Hardcover)

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By Roger Bartra, Nicholas Caistor (Translated by)
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Sublime madness, ennui, and melancholy: a condition of imbalance, chaotic and desolate—and a keystone of modern Western thought. Why did this threatening expression of languor and disorder gain such traction at the heart of a European culture supposedly guided by the light of rationalism? In Angels in Mourning, Roger Bartra investigates how three seemingly lucid European thinkers—Immanuel Kant, Max Weber, and Walter Benjamin—addressed the irrational and the dolorous in their work. Drawing attention to marginal and under-explored aspects of their thought, Bartra illuminates the disparate ways in which these foundational philosophers gazed into the darkness. His surprising and insightful study suggests one explanation for how melancholy found such a prominent space in Western society: the blossoming of Romanticism, that deep-seated protest against the Enlightenment and the capitalist order.

About the Author

Nick Caistor is a translator, journalist, and the author of Fidel Castro and Octavio Paz, both also published by Reaktion Books.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781780239729
ISBN-10: 1780239726
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: August 15th, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English
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